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Remembering Gerald Wasserburg

By photosearth / June 29, 2016

1927–2016 News Writer:  Robert Perkins Portrait of Gerald Wasserburg taken by photographer Florence Helmberger Credit: Caltech Archives Gerald J. Wasserburg, John D. MacArthur Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Emeritus, passed away on June 13, 2016. He was 89 years old. Wasserburg’s work established a time scale for the development of the early solar system including the end […]

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Gerald Wasserburg, 1927‑2016

By photosearth / June 16, 2016

News Writer:  Kathy Svitil Portrait of Gerald Wasserburg taken by photographer Florence Helmberger Credit: Caltech Archives Gerald J. Wasserburg, John D. MacArthur Professor of Geology and Geophysics, Emeritus, passed away on June 13, 2016. He was 89 years old. Gerry Wasserburg’s research focused on the origins and history of the solar system and its component […]

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Prebiotic Molecule Detected in Interstellar Cloud

By photosearth / June 14, 2016

News Writer:  Lori Dajose Though chiral compounds have been discovered in meteorites and comets, propylene oxide (A) is the first such molecule to be detected beyond the solar system. A Caltech-led team has used radio telescopes to observe propylene oxide in the cold material surrounding a cluster of protostars near the center of our galaxy, […]

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Natural Quasicrystals May Be the Result of Collisions Between Objects in the Asteroid Belt

By photosearth / June 13, 2016

News Writer:  Robert Perkins The electron backscatter diffraction pattern of the quasicrystal reveals its unusual structure. Credit: Asimow Laboratory/Caltech Naturally formed quasicrystals—crystal-like solids with supposedly impossible symmetries—are among the rarest structures on Earth. Only two have ever been found. A team led by Paul Asimow (MS ’93, PhD ’97), professor of geology and geochemistry at […]

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The Next Big Thing

By photosearth / June 8, 2016

News Writer:  Nehaly Shah Harinee Maiyuran To get a glimpse into the future, what better place is there to look than the minds of those about to become Caltech’s newest alumni? After all, our 2016 graduates have been at the forefront of research in vastly different fields for the past few years. Their unique perspectives […]

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The Sheer Terror of Looming Biosphere Collapse

By photosearth / June 5, 2016

The global ecological system is collapsing and dying as humanity overruns natural ecosystems and the climate. We are entering an age of unrelenting violence and suffering, prior to biosphere collapse and the end of being, unless dramatic social change based upon a global ecology ethic arises quickly. Humans evolved within... EcoInternet